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SNEEDVILLE — While hundreds of thousands of people and scores of communities across America fight to remove sodium fluoride, a known neurotoxin (a poison which acts on the nervous system) from their community water supply, someone has proposed adding it to the community water supply of Sneedville, TN.

To understand sodium fluoride a little better, take a look at the warning found on the fluoride containers that might be found in your home. Most people use fluoride toothpaste. If you read the back of the tube, what does it say to do if your child swallows toothpaste? “CALL POISON CONTROL.” Do you know why? Because sodium fluoride is toxic. Do you know what poison is commonly used in rat poison and other pest control? Sodium fluoride! Note: There is a naturally occurring calcium fluoride and then there are the toxic industrialized forms, such as sodium fluoride, that are added to water supplies in North America (but not allowed in the water of most other first world countries).


If you have children, it should be of particular interest to know that researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health and the China Medical University concluded from 27 combined studies that there are strong indications that fluoride “adversely affects cognitive development in children.” (Environmental Health Perspectives, 2012) This includes pre-born babies in their mother’s womb. They also found that children in high-fluoride areas had significantly lower IQ scores. Fast forward to 2019, there are now over 50 studies from multiple scientific studies exposing sodium fluoride as a “developmental toxin”!


• The World Health Organization considers fluoride a dangerous toxin. (

• The prestigious Lancet Medical Journal recommends that fluoride be classified as a “developmental neurotoxin” (DN). DNs are known to increases the possibilities of cognitive impairments such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, dyslexia, lower IQ, disruptive behavior, and more. The EPA also acknowledges fluoride to be a “chemical having substantial evidence of developmental neurotoxicity.”

• High levels of fluoride are known to cause neurotoxicity in adults and negative impacts on memory and learning.

• In 2015, The Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health-reported that fluoride levels in drinking water were associated with hypothyroidism and thyroid disease prevalence. It is an endocrine-disrupting chemical.

• Animals, such as dogs, cats, birds, and horses can be particularly sensitive to fluoride. Overexposure is extremely dangerous and can lead to serious illness or death. Hummingbird lovers- don’t use fluoride water for your hummingbird feeders- deadly.

• According to the National Toxicology Program (NTP), sodium fluoride has been linked to bone cancer.

• The Fluoride Action Network (FAN) is now taking on government by suing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to end the deliberate addition of fluoride to drinking water in the U.S. based on Section 21 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The trial is still ongoing.

• Fluoride is quite corrosive (and dangerous to handle and breathe) and some towns, such as Buffalo, Missouri have found out the hard way that fluoride destroys pipes and vehicles.

This is just the tip of the iceberg ... there is so much more to this contentious subject, if you care to dig deeper.

Let us take a look at one more aspect. Is sodium fluoride good for teeth? Studies show that populations that use fluoride have no significant difference in dental health than populations that do not fluoridate. In fact, fluoride in the water supply has been documented to actually harm teeth and cause dental fluorosis, the hypomineralization of tooth enamel caused by ingestion of fluoride during enamel formation. The hypomineralization causes permanent staining of the teeth because of the fluoride accumulation in the body. It also causes pain and problems with chewing. The CDC acknowledges that two out of every five children in the US show signs of dental fluorosis and recommend cutting back the exposure to fluoride.(Fendrys DG, Katz RV., “Risk of enamel fluorosis associated with fluoride supplementation, infant formula and fluoride dentifrice use,” American Journal of Epidemiology, 1989; 130:1199-1208.)

I see no good reason to add this toxin to the Sneedville water supply. Do you? If you want self-fluoridate, then by all means brush your teeth with it, swish with fluoride mouthwash, but don’t put a known neurotoxin in the water supply that could cause harm to unborn babies being formed in their mother’s womb, developing children, the elderly, animals- and indeed ... everyone who ingests it or bathes in it.

Entire countries, such as Australia and Israel ended their fluoridation mandate years ago! It is my understanding that Sneedville once fluoridated its water, but the fluoride program ended. Although I haven’t been able to verify the report, a few years back there was a community fluoridation sign up on Newman’s Ridge. While investigating fluoride in Sneedville, a call was made to the utility company and they indicated that they “no longer put fluoride in the water.” Many were relieved to hear it — as their children and grandchildren were drinking, bathing in, and cooking with that water.

We don’t know the whole story, but if it is true let’s not turn back the hands of time by adding anything into our water supply that could cause harm to man, animal, or property. Let us take a strong stand to protect our community and our precious water supply. The next Utility Board meeting is scheduled for June 13, 2019, at 6 p.m. You may want to let the board members know that you do not want this known neurotoxin in the water. You can write or call the Sneedville Utility District: P.O. Box 255, Sneedville, TN 37869 or call 423-733-4382.

(Hancock County resident Mia Rushing is a Cancer Coach with and a Holistic Health Advocate. She can be contacted at P.O. Box 714, Sneedville, TN 37869. To learn more about the dangers of fluoride go to